Washington County, Texas Genealogy

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Washington County, Texas
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Founded March 17, 1836
County Seat Brenham
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The town of Washington-on-the Brazos was founded in 1830. The creation of Brazos, Burleson and Lee counties led to the relocation of the county seat to Brenham in 1844. The land that became Washington County was part of Stephen F. Austin's Colony.

Parent County

1836--Washington County was created 17 March 1836 from a Texas Municipality.County seat: Brenham [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Brenham | Burton | Chappell Hill | Independence | Latium | Muellersville | Phillipsburg | Prairie Hill | Quarry | Washington-on-the-Brazos | Wesley

Neighboring Counties







Local Histories

  • History of Brenham and Washington County, 1915 by Mrs. R. E. Pennington.  Digitized book online
  • History of Washington County, 1949 by Charles F. Schmidt
  • The Blazing Story of Washington County, 1950 by W. O. Dietrich
  • Historic Homes of Washington County, 1971 by Betty Cantrell Plummer
  • Brenham, Texas, 1844-1958, by Robert A. Hasskarl, Jr.
  • A History of Brenham, 1933 by Eula Richardson Hasskarl
  • Blue Bell ice cream: a century at the little creamery in Brenham, Texas, 1907-2007, by Dorothy McLeod MacInerney information
  • Washington County History from the Handbook of Texas Online
  • History of the City of Brenham from the City of Brenham website
  • History of the Jews in Brenham from wikipedia.org
  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors



  • Military Resources ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Fallen Heroes  ~  Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Honoring Our Veterans ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors





Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library
100 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
Brenham, TX 77833
Phone: (979) 337-7201

Washington County Genealogical Society
211 South Day St., Suite 105
Brenham, TX 77833

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).